- Front arrives Thursday afternoon
- Near-freezing wind chills Friday morning
- Even colder Saturday morning; wind chills in 20s
The coldest air of the early winter season arrives Thursday afternoon. Winds will pick up out of the north, ushering in an air mass straight from Canada.
— Amanda Holly (@amandahollywx) December 8, 2016
This arctic air mass will drop lows Friday morning into the low 40s, with “feels like” temperatures in the low 30s. Temperatures will struggle to climb to the upper 50s Friday afternoon, and a light freeze is expected Friday night. Although this won’t be the first freeze of the season, Friday will be the coldest day in Gainesville since February 10th.
Winds Will Make if Feel Colder
An unusually strong high pressure system will move in behind the front. This will keep winds elevated after the front moves through for two days. A sustained wind of 10 to 15 mph will keep wind chills in low 30s Friday morning.
Even during the day Friday, a light breeze combined with temperatures in the 50s will be enough for the wind chill to stay in the low 50s for much of the day.
As temperatures drop into the low 30’s Friday night, a light freeze is likely by Saturday morning. Saturday will be the coldest morning of this short cold snap, with wind chills likely falling to the mid 20s.
Temperatures will slowly moderate back to the mid 70s by Sunday and Monday afternoons.